Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Introduction:

So far, AT&T customers have been exposed to a healthy dealing of mid-range Android powered handsets. For those interested in a sub $100 priced smartphone, the Motorola FLIPOUT will instantly come to view with its intriguing form factor and entry level contract price of $79.99. Even with its inexpensive costs, it doesn't always necessarily translate to a deep and comforting experience.

Design:

Easily the most intriguing part of the Motorola FLIPOUT is its form factor, which is essentially a square shaped device with a swiveling front panel that exposes its QWERTY. Although it's constructed out of some cheap feeling plastic, there is a sense of charm that it exudes and blatantly stands out.



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There's not much to say with the FLIPOUT's 2.8” QVGA (320 x 240) display with its support for 262k colors – it's visibly washed out looking and suffers from some poor viewing angles.

We're not particularly fond of its hard to press volume rocker and dedicated button. Thanks to the QWERTY, we didn't experience any issues accidentally pressing any of its capacitive buttons. In the rear, you'll find the 3.1-megapixel camera with self portrait mirror and a notch for its speaker phone. Finally, yanking off the rear cover will provide access to the SIM card slot, battery, and microSD card slot.



Just like the Motorola CHARM, we like the layout and feel of the FLIPOUT's physical keyboard. In addition, the prominent and decently sized buttons are more than acceptable in typing out a message.



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13 Comments

1. itsthenew unregistered

So bad call quality, poor screen display, poor battery life, so so preformance, and a not so great response on the screen garners an 8?

5. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

I thought the same thing? An 8!...maybe out of 100? lol.

2. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Yea, what gives. Basically you said in the review that it's full of suck. but you'll give it an 8 based on form factor and keyboard alone? Very disappointed. At an 8, I would almost have suggested this phone to a friend. But after RTFA, there's no way I would suggest this to anyone. A 5 or 6 at BEST based on what I read.

3. Daryl209

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

I think Motorola hates AT&T. "Lets give Verizon the cool looking "Droid" models, then give T-Mobile and Sprint something decent, and AT&T....you can have the Flipout and the Backflip, enjoy!"

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Motorola doesn't give AT&T bad phones. AT&T just chooses bad phones from motorola.

4. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

Light users should edge out roughly one day of usage on a full charge, however, heavy users will want to constantly have a charger at hand. Phone sounds like a pain in the a$$!

6. Treatati unregistered

i love how you make the this phone seem as vanilla as a manila envelope in a paper back in an empty room with four off white walls.... but you give it an 8....weird

8. canaderp unregistered

I feel obligated to say... I got one of these from rogers for $30, (i was getting a data plan for my nexus one and figured for $30 i couldn't lose). The keyboard is awesome. I liked the form factor and flip. The screen resolution, touch responsiveness, call quality, rendering speed, camera, directional pad, battery life, motoblur, proximity of touch buttons are all terrible. The gallery is completely unusable (probably doesn't matter since the camera is junk) The little tabs that hold the back on, break off easily... my back cover would not stay on. It's not immediately apparent but if you watch the video you'll notice the dock is on the right side of the screen. The dock on android is normally on the bottom... the screen was rotated 90 degrees and is actually displaying in landscape mode all the time... this wreaks havoc with a lot of apps. The notification bar will sometimes go to portrait mode in apps. (The left is actually the top of the display) It's confusing; but for example a note taking app might display on the screen sideways (portrait mode) making it impossible to use the keyboard... unless you like tilting your head) I returned it for my $30... made samwich... forgot about it. No one should get this.

9. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Hello, Thanks to your valuable feedback, we reconsidered the rating we gave to the Motorola FLIPOUT, and decided to lower it a bit to 7 so that it represents the device's capabilities more accurately. Thank you!

10. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

That is one ugly phone! Id rather have the Motorola Backflip or the Motorola Charm!

11. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

Well, now that I think of it, I like the Motorola Flipout! Its a nice compact phone.

12. UMM WAT EVER unregistered

Honestly i think this phone is sweet. All you people are giving it $h1T while you are comparing it to more expensive phones. Easy Phone to use and i dont wanna give mine up.

13. kellynn22 unregistered

I am so upset right now. My 12 year old daughter's Motorola Flipout with AT&T just broke in half. I purchased it for her June 2, 2011 and it became loose at the swivel last week during school. I told her to give me until this Monday and I would call Warranty since it's only been 3 months. Well, AT&T Warranty gave me a bunch of crap about it not being covered under warranty since the phone split and is now in two pieces. I explained that my daughter never dropped it or damaged it in any way. It simply was used constantly with text messages and phone calls and her listening to music. I was expecting them to replace with another Flipout or a comparable phone. They said no and that it was not covered under warranty. I can't believe the phone was so cheaply made and that they won't honor our warranty contract. Not sure what to do now! Very sad!!
FLIPOUT US
  • Display 2.8" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3410, Single core, 720 MHz
  • Battery 1170 mAh(4.60h 3G talk time)

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